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Anki's friendly Vector robot is getting Alexa support December 17

Anki's Vector robot launched in October. The little guy is certainly cute, and it's always had a useful trick or two; it can tell you the temperature outside or set timers, for example. But starting next week in the US and Canada, Vector is getting a whole lot more practical with the addition of Alexa functionality.

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Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December

Music streaming is a popular use for smart speakers, but the particular speaker you have dictates which services you have access to. Amazon's speakers are getting better in that regard in the near future, as the company has announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices later this year.

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Forget Skynet: Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa is the tech hell we deserve

Back in 2016, an absolute madman hacked a Big Mouth Billy Bass to speak using the Alexa API. It was weird. The soulless monsters at Gemmy Industries evidently took notice, though, and have engineered an official Alexa-powered singing fish to bring to market. What have we wrought?

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You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Alexa devices

Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year. Well, it's later in the year, and the new functionality is rolling out starting today. You can link your Skype account to your Alexa devices in the Alexa app.

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Ecovacs Deebot N79S Assistant and Alexa-connected robot vaccuum cleaner just $140 at Amazon today only

Robotic vacuums are the sort of thing you can't live without once you get one. The convenience of routine automated cleaning saves tons of time, even if you should still give the process a bit of manual attention once in a while. Like everything else, the models with better features (like smart assistant support) tend to be more expensive, but ECOVACS' DEEBOT N79S combines a terrible name with Google Home and Alexa integration, and for the next eleven hours it's just $140 as an Amazon Deal of the Day.

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Amazon is selling a Fire TV Stick/Echo Dot bundle for just $40

If you're itching to get started on kitting out your home of the future but you're wary of the cost, here's a deal for you. Right now, you can grab a Fire TV Stick and a second-generation Echo Dot for just $40 — nearly half off the usual price of $75.

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Amazon's new FireTV Recast and voice-controlled Microwave are now available

Back in September, Amazon announced a slew of new hardware including Echos, FireTVs, and some other miscellaneous items. Many of these have already become available, but two outliers were still pending: the Alexa-controlled Microwave and the Fire TV Recast. Both are now in stock on Amazon and shipping.

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Alexa now supports adding smart home devices to groups using just your voice

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Get the Ecobee4 thermostat with an Echo Dot for just $199 from Best Buy ($100 off)

As Black Friday approaches, tons of deal are already dropping, with Best Buy getting heavily involved in the discount season. Another good one we've spotted there is an Ecobee4 WiFi thermostat for $199, and while that's not that incredible by itself — we've seen it that low before — they're also chucking in a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) with it.

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You can now control your NVIDIA SHIELD TV with Alexa

Nvidia continues to improve the Shield TV experience, now offering users another way to control their Android TV box. Assistant support has been around for a little while now, but Alexa is joining the party thanks to a new skill. Simply activate said skill, link your Nvidia account, and you can start controlling your Shield with your Echo or other Alexa devices.

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